History: Dead Sea Scrolls

Dr. Moshe Bernstein

Dr. Moshe Bernstein is a professor of Bible at Yeshiva College of Yeshiva University. He also taught at Stern College for Women for 20 years. His teaching encompasses both basic and advanced courses, ranging from Introduction to Bible, Biblical Hebrew and Classical Jewish Intellectual History to specialized courses in Literary Approaches to the Bible, Dead Sea Scrolls and Early Biblical Interpretation. Dr. Bernstein’s research focuses primarily on Jewish biblical interpretation in antiquity, particularly as witnessed in the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Aramaic targumim (translations of the Hebrew Bible into Aramaic). His publications in these areas have earned him international recognition as a distinguished scholar. Dr. Bernstein is a member of the international editorial team responsible for editing and publishing the Dead Sea Scrolls, and in 2001 co-edited three fragmentary Dead Sea Scrolls in the official publication series “Discoveries in the Judean Desert.” In addition to his academic and scholarly activities, Dr. Bernstein is a frequent lecturer on a variety of aspects of Tanakh and Judaism in antiquity at synagogues in the New York area and across the country. Dr. Bernstein is a graduate of Yeshiva College and received his semikha (rabbinic ordination) at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He holds MA and PhD degrees from Fordham University in classical languages. Dr. Bernstein also received a master’s degree in Semitic languages from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, where he later did advanced graduate work in biblical studies. Sample Titles Literary Approaches to Tenakh Biblical Thought: Lamentations, Ecclesiastes (Kohelet), Psalms The Text of Tenakh from Before the Ba’alei Mesorah to Printed Editions Translations of the Bible from the Targumim to ArtScroll The Earliest Biblical Interpretation – Reading the Bible Before There Were Commentaries Medieval Jewish Biblical Interpretation Second Temple Jewish History and...


Rabbi Dr. Richard Hidary

Rabbi Dr. Richard Hidary is an assistant professor of Judaic studies at Yeshiva University, Stern College for Women where he teaches courses in Bible, Second Temple Jewish history, Dead Sea Scrolls, Talmud, Midrash, and Jewish ethics. He received his PhD from NYU where he was awarded a McCracken Fellowship and was also a graduate fellow in Jewish Law and Interdisciplinary Studies at Cardozo Law School. His forthcoming book, Dispute for the Sake of Heaven: Legal Pluralism in the Talmud, has been published in the Brown Judaic Studies series. He has articles appearing in AJS Review and Dine Israel and he has written entries for Encyclopedia Judaica and Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception. He is also a rabbinics reviewer for The Lost Bible Project: The Library of Israel in Late Antiquity to be published by JPS and a contributor to the forthcoming New Oxford Annotated Translation of the Mishnah. Rabbi Hidary is developing a teachers guides for teaching Tanakh in Yeshiva High Schools. He is also an assistant rabbi at Sephardic Synagogue in Brooklyn and director of Merkaz Moreshet Yisrael. Sample Titles A History of the Afterlife in Jewish Thought 3 Conceptions of Sin, 3 Paths fo Atonement Second Temple Sectarianism and the Rabbis: How the Dead Sea Scrolls Shed Light on the Talmud Law and Literature in the Talmud Bavli: The Halakhah and Aggadah of Tsedaka Halakhic Pluralism vs. Communal Unity: How the Talmud Deals with...


Dr. Ari Mermelstein

Ari Mermelstein, Assistant Professor of Bible at Yeshiva University, holds a PhD from NYU’s Department of Hebrew & Judaic Studies, a JD from NYU Law School, and a BA from Yeshiva College. He is also the assistant director of both the YU Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization at Cardozo Law School and the Israeli Supreme Court Project at Cardozo Law School. Dr. Mermelstein’s first book, “Creation, Covenant, and the Beginnings of Judaism: Reconceiving Historical Time in the Second Temple Period,” was published in the Supplement Series to the Journal for the Study of Judaism (Brill, 2014). He is currently working on a monograph entitled “The Cultural Politics of Religious Emotion: Power and Emotion in Ancient Judaism” as part of his broader research on emotion in ancient Judaism. Sample Titles Did the Wise Son Own a Haggadah? Talmud Torah as an Alternative to Sippur Yetziat Mitzrayim on Seder Night. Was the Greek Translation of the Torah a Good Thing? It Depends Whom You Ask. The Divine Drama of Megillat Rut. Rabbi Jesus? Portraits of Jesus in Rabbinic Literature. Did God Originally Intend to Inflict the Ten Plagues on the Egyptians? The Effect of the Deaths of Nadav and Avihu on the Structure of the Book of Leviticus. Why Did the Jews Rebel Against Rome in 66 CE? The Destruction of the Second Temple in Its Historical Context. The Case of the Missing Shofet: Judges 4. Was Joshua Almost Condemned as One of the Spies? What Happened to Zerubbavel? Politics and the Davidic Dynasty in the Persian Period. What Hath Rabban Gamaliel Wrought? The Transformation of the Passover Seder in the Aftermath of the Destruction of the Second Temple. Why did King Antiochus Persecute the Jews? The Portrait of King Herod in Rabbinic Literature ‘God Will Rule Over You’: The Conception of Kingship in...

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